Motion Picture Analysis Worksheet
Step 1. Pre-viewing
A. Title of film:
Collection Name or Source:
B. What do you think you will see in this motion picture?
List three concepts or ideas that you might expect to see based on the title of the film.
List some people you might expect to see based on the title of the film.
Step 2. Viewing
A. Type of motion picture (check where applicable)
____ Animated cartoon
____ Documentary film
____ Propaganda film
____ Theatrical short subject
____ Training film
____ Combat film
B. Physical qualities of the motion picture (check where applicable)
____ Special effects
____ Live action
____ Background noise
C. Note how camera angles, lighting, music, narration, and/or editing
contribute to creating an atmosphere in this
What is the mood or tone of the film?
Step 3. Post-viewing (or repeated viewing)
A. Circle the things that you listed in the previewing
activity that were validated by your viewing of the motion picture.
B. What is the central message(s) of this motion picture?
C. Consider the effectiveness of the film in communicating its
message. As a tool of communication, what are
strengths and weaknesses?
D. How do you think the filmmakers wanted the audience to respond?
E. Does this film appeal to the viewer’s reason or emotion?
How does it make you feel?
F. List two things this motion picture tells
you about life in the United States at the time it was made:
G. Write a question to the filmmaker that is left unanswered by the motion picture.
H. What information do you gain about this event that would not be conveyed
by a written source? Be specific.
Adapted from the design developed by the Education Staff,
National Archives and Records Administration,
Washington, DC 20408.